• Health Education

    The goal of the health education major, which is offered by the Health Sciences Department, is to prepare graduates to be critical and creative thinkers as well as lifelong learners in the dynamic field of health education. Coursework and fieldwork focus on developing the knowledge, understandings, competencies, and experiences required of professionals teaching health education in a variety of community settings.

    Worcester State University also offers initial licensure for health education programs in middle and secondary education (grades 5-12); the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensured (MTEL) must be passed for licensure. All students in the health education major and education minor will need an advisor from each of these departments.

    • HE 100 Personal Health
    • HE 120 Health and Nutrition
    • HE 200 Consumer Health
    • HE 220 Mental Health Education
    • HE 230 Human Sexuality and Sex Education
    • HE 275 Fitness for Life
    • HE 285 Drugs and Society
    • HE 390 Environmental Health
    • HC 415 Community Health Planning and Promotion
    • HE 440 Practicum in Health

    Major Electives Requirement: 9 Credits
    (without Education minor)
    (Note: Evening and summer courses may be necessary.)

    With Education Minor (in lieu of health electives and health practicum)

    • PS 312 Psychology of Adolescence (prerequisites: PS 101 and PS 210)
    • ED 149 Introduction to Teaching Profession
    • ED 250 Educational Psychology
    • ED 251 Foundations of Education
    • ED 270 Multicultural Education
    • ED 351/2 Principles and Evaluation
    • ED 353/4 Effective Teaching
    • ED 370/1 Contemporary Issues
    • ED 424 Seminar
    • ED 480/485 Practicum in Teaching (replaces HE 440: Practicum in Health and HE 445 Practicum Seminar)

    Required Ancillary Courses for Health Education Major: 20 credits

    The following courses combined must average C or better:

    • BI 161 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BI 162 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (NSP Lab)
    • PS 101 General Psychology and PS Elective (Education Minors PS 101, PS 210, and PS 312)
    • SO 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • SO 275 PS 275 Psychological Statistics (QAC or QR) or MA 150 Statistics (MA/QR)

    Health Education Minor: 18 credits
    The health education minor is designed to develop an in-depth understanding of the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) competencies for planning health programs based on an assessment of community needs and capabilities and followed by a program implementation and evaluation.


    • HC 415 Community Health Planning and Promotion (3 credits)
    • Electives: health education and/or public health courses (15 credits)
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